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South Devon awards ceremony

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Commended for their work

On Wednesday 27 February, officers and staff along with emergency service workers and members of the public, were honoured for their roles in a number of incidents across south Devon.

The awards were presented by Chief Superintendent Keith Perkin, Superintendent Jeremy Capey and Chief Coroner Ian Arrow.

PC Clarissa DISNEY-FREEBORN, PC Sharon SHEPHERD - For Duties and Responsibilities

On Friday 27 April 2018, Officers attended an attempted suicide where a male had lost a substantial amount of blood having cut his own wrists while in the bath. The quick thinking and actions of the Officers that attended the male before the paramedics arrived saved his life.  The Officers secured and preserved the scene so that evidence could be gathered and once this was completed recognised the distressing scene that was left behind so cleaned the bathroom so that the male or his family would not have to deal with it.


PC Graham Derbyshire - For Duties and Responsibilities

Police Constable Graham Derbyshire took over the investigation of a dog offence, where a dog attacked a seven year old girl causing significant head injuries. It proved a very difficult, highly emotive investigation, involving complex legislation. CPS took considerable time and deliberation over the offence, making last minute demands of PC Derbyshire. At court the officer supported the victim and family, acting as a conduit with CPS. The court made an order against the suspect dog owner but did not order the destruction of the dog and PC Derbyshire ensured that the situation remained calm. He should be commended for stepping up, doing what is difficult and not what was easy, ensuring a positive outcome.


Nikki Higginson - For her bravery and selflessness

On the 20 April 2018 Nikki Higginson, in her role within the Ambulance Service, was called to a male under the influence at Boots Chemist in Teignmouth. Whilst the male was being spoken to by Police in the back of the Ambulance, the male launched an attack on the lone officer. Nikki was not prepared to see the officer being attacked and assisted in detaining the male. Nikki was considerably smaller than the suspect male and it took great courage to step forward. Nikki has gone beyond her role and should be commended for her bravery in defending a fellow emergency services worker.


PC Ben Ayres - For outstanding composure and ensuring public safety

During May 2017, PC Ben Ayres was the first officer to respond to reports of a male with a grenade within a busy public park in Paignton. PC Ayres arrived as the male pulled and dropped the pin into the grass. With support from his Inspector, PC Ayres managed to begin organising the evacuation of the park, attendance of specialist units, keep constant updates flowing and also began to engage with the male from a distance. The officer displayed outstanding composure, control and consideration for public safety. The male surrendered and the device was destroyed by specialist units.


PC Anthony Murray, PCSO Abigail Seaman, PCSO Darell Andrews, PCSO O’Neill, PCSO Lisa Veitch, PC Dave Thomas - For Duties and Responsibilities

Operation Olympic is an Operation initiated and led by the Paignton and Brixham Neighbourhood Policing Team. The operation was put in place to disrupt and prevent controlled drug supply. The team has planned and executed a total of 87 premises search warrants and arrested 68 persons, seizing controlled drugs and criminal assets totalling in excess of a quarter of a million pounds. Social media has been used to generate Community support and intelligence and due to the operation Community intelligence flow has greatly increased as public confidence has grown. Convictions have been brought resulting in custodial sentences with County line gangs thwarted and diverted from the towns. A multi-agency safeguarding approach has been adopted in response to the harm caused and a number of people are being provided with ongoing multi-agency support, some being re-housed bringing about positive life changes for many vulnerable persons in the community.


PS Peter Giesens - For Selflessness

On 29 June 2018 police received a report suggesting a male had been found unconscious and not breathing in Torquay. Officers attended and reported that the male had no pulse.  In extremely challenging conditions of oppressive heat, sun and stress of the situation, the officers took it in turns to administer CPR for 15 minutes until ambulance attended.  Despite the best efforts of all involved, sometime later the male sadly passed away although the consultant said if it weren’t for everyone's timely intervention and CPR, the male would have undoubtedly died at the scene.


Graham Shuttleworth, Kelly Stockman and Rachel Drake - For Public Service

On 29th June 2018 police received a report suggesting a male had been found unconscious and was not breathing in Torquay. Graham Shuttleworth, Kelly Stockman and Rachel Drake all demonstrated a real sense of public duty to ensure the male was given proper care. They reported the incident and remained there to administer first aid until emergency services attended.  Despite the best efforts of all involved, sometime later the male sadly passed away although the consultant at TDH said if it weren’t for everyone's timely intervention and CPR, the male would have undoubtedly died at the scene.



 PS Ed Rowland, PC Martin Perry and PC Charlotte Mathers - For Selflessness

On 28 February 2018 Devon was subjected to exceptionally heavy snowfall. An off-duty PS Rowland was present in Cleeve Drive, Ivybridge when he became aware that a man had collapsed in the snow. Without hesitation he rushed to the man’s assistance and commenced CPR. Shortly afterwards they were joined by two local on-duty officers, PC Perry and PC Mathers. They administered effective CPR until an ambulance arrived and the casualty was taken to hospital. As a result of their quick thinking and selflessness, the man later regained consciousness and made a full recovery.



PC Benjamin Harrild-Pine and PC Lee Wood - For duties and responsibilities

PC Harrild-Hine and PC Wood came across a collision on the A38 in Plymouth, where an articulated lorry had collided with a broken down car. They assessed that the damage to the car was very severe and were concerned for the welfare of the absent driver. They immediately conducted a search and located a badly injured and unconscious female in brambles some distance away from the vehicle. Despite the female suffering injuries incompatible with life, the officers attempted to clear her airway and commenced CPR. They controlled a difficult scene and did a thoroughly professional job in very challenging circumstances.


DC Ian Clenahan, DC Michael Locke, Researcher Naomi Hamilton, Communications Rachel Wieck and Mr Wayne Baker - For their dedication, exceptional investigation and public service

Operation Agua was a complex conspiracy investigation by Torbay CID into ATM explosions and a robbery with a weapon. The investigators pursued the Organised Crime Group identifying 9 suspects. This two year tenacious investigation involved detailed analysis of phone data, forensics, co-ordinating numerous briefings, “manhunts”, arrests and searches in force and in Liverpool. The officers obtained Attorney General consent to prosecute, compiling an exceptional prosecution file involving reviewing 800 items of disclosure and building vast jury bundles. Officers worked tirelessly, often in their own time, day and night. Their selfless commitment resulted in offenders’ total sentencing of 50 years. 

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